Synopses & Reviews
Why do animals play? Play has been described in animals as diverse as reptiles, birds and mammals, so what benefits does it provide and how did it evolve? Careful, quantitative studies of social, locomotor and object play behavior are now beginning to answer these questions and shed light on many other aspects of both animal and human behavior. This unique interdisciplinary volume brings together the major findings about play in a wide range of species including humans. Topics about play include the evolutionary history of play, play structure, function and development, and sex and individual differences. Animal Play is destined to become the benchmark volume in this subject for many years to come, and will provide a source of inspiration and understanding for students and researchers in behavioral biology, neurobiology, psychology and anthropology.
Unique interdisciplinary study of play in animals and humans.
Why do animals play? Animal Play is a unique interdisciplinary treatment of this fascinating subject looking at play evolution, structure, function and development in a wide range of species including humans. It will be a source of inspiration for students and researchers in all aspects of behavioural biology.
Why do animals play? Play has been described in many different species from reptiles to humans and can give insights into the development and evolution of other behaviours. This unique interdisciplinary volume examines human and animal play in a broad range of contexts. Animal Play is destined to become the benchmark volume in this subject for many years to come, and will provide a source of inspiration and understanding for students and researchers in behavioural biology, neurobiology, psychology and anthropology.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. The evolutionary origins of play revisited: lessons from turtles G. M. Burghardt; 3. Play in common ravens (Corvus corax) B. Heinrich and R. Smolker; 4. Object play by adult animalsB. Heinrich and R. Smolker; 5. Kangaroos at play: play behaviour in the Macropodoidea D. M. Watson; 6. Intentional communication and social play: how and why animals negotiate and agree to play M. Bekoff and C. Allen; 7. The structure-function interface in the analysis of play fighting S. M. Pellis and V. C. Pellis; 8. Sparring as play in young pronghorn males M. N. Miller and J. A. Byers; 9. Squirrel monkey playfighting: making the case for a cognitive training hypothesis M. Biben; 10. Self assessment in juvenile play K. V. Thompson; 11. Biological effects of locomotor play: getting into shape, or something more specific? J. A. Byers; 12. Neurobiological substrates of play behaviour: glimpses into the structure and function of mammalian playfulness S. M. Siviy; 13. Play as an organizing principle: clinical evidence and personal observations S. Brown.